Helping artists during COVID-19

Hello friends of Pirate!

In addition to artists needing help during Covid-19 many artists/labels/ourselves are wanting to help further the work of the Black Lives Matter movement and organizations helping like the NAACP, ACLU, MN Freedom Fund, and others we continue to update this list with releases / resources / etc. Please support the artists and labels below if you can, and contact us with any additions / suggestions / ideas. We’re listening.

It’s no secret that we’re living in strange times and the coronavirus (COVID-19) has taken virtually all of our artists off of the road.  Most of these artists rely on touring as their main source of income so seeing that be taken away from them so suddenly is crushing.

We are going to use this space to compile resources that are helping artists / service industry workers (all our favorite venues are closed / empty for the most part right now too) / etc that are adversely affected by this pandemic.  If you know of resources / fundraisers / etc we should include please let us know and we’ll keep on updating this.

Here are just some of the current Pirate! artists that were on the road and had to head home, in some cases at great expense, and stay off the road until further notice.  Please buy their merch, stream and/or download their music, play their music on your stations and tell your listeners to help out too! Many of these artists will not afford to return to the road or the studio if they cannot recoup some of their tour income.

Many of the below links are direct to Bandcamp stores, Bandcamp is again waving their fee on June 5th 2020 again so be sure to support your favorite bands on Bandcamp that day! In addition many labels and artists are turning their profits over to Black Lives Matters organizations! Bandcamp will also send their share of any purchases on June 19th directly to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Rough Trade Publishing and Bank Robber Music have released this great comp which features several Pirate! artists and more HERE!

And of course many of our regular labels had dozens of bands on the road, you can check out full rosters and help out ALL of the bands here:

ANTI-    Epitaph Records    Fat Wreck Chords    Topshelf Records    Sargent House

Mint 400     Modern Outsider     Know Hope    6131    Arts & Crafts Pirates Press Records


Additionally, here are other resources we’ve found that are helping those in need:

Some good friends of ours have helped launch NIVA with the goal of saving independent venues across the country.  Get more info and/or help them out here!

MusiCares Launches COVID-19 Relief Fund

The Record Co. launches ‘Boston Music Maker Relief Fund’ / Donate or Apply HERE

A Relief Fund Helps Seattle Artists Impacted by Coronavirus Cancellations

Springboard For The Arts: Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources for Artists

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources